The Pear Lake Ski Hut will open in December 2013. The lottery will occur on November 1, 2013.
Regarding the potential for exposure to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) at Pear Lake Ski Hut: Mice are native rodents in the Sierra including the Pear Lake wilderness and Pear Lake Ski Hut. The Pear Lake Ski Hut will be cleaned according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines prior to opening up for hut users in December 2012. The Sequoia Natural History Association will set traps and continue to use CDC cleaning procedures when mice or mice droppings are detected in the cabin, however SNHA cannot guarantee that the hut is HPS-free. There have never been any known human cases of HPS at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Prior to entering the Pear Lake Ski Hut lottery, all potential hut users will be advised of the risks and universal precautions. Those wishing not to be exposed to the potential of HPS may choose to not register for the ski hut.
Click to read the flyer from the California Department of Public Health
The trip to the hut is for experienced backcountry skiers under potentially dangerous, winter conditions. For your safety, it is advised that you review all information provided and be prepared for your trip.
This historic cabin is available to the public from December to April (weather, snow and trail conditions may change closure date). The advanced level ski/snowshoe trail offers a chance to explore the beautiful wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter months with a cozy cabin waiting for you at the end of your day. Begin your trip at 7,200 feet at Wolverton and ascend a steep six miles east to the Pear Lake area of 9,200 feet. The hut sleeps ten people and offers many amenities to lighten your load. Advance reservations are required.
See what to expect on your trip to Pear Lake Ski Hut by viewing this video from hut user, Yu Kuwabara.